Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Considered to be one of the greatest presidents in United States history, Abraham Lincoln was the catalyst for the abolishment of slavery in America. His terms as president (1861-1865) were defined by the Civil War. The election of Lincoln immediately led to the secession of multiple southern states and the declaration of a sovereign nation, the Confederate States of America. After the Confederates attacked Fort Sumter, war began. The Civil War lasted from April 12, 1861 - May 10, 1865 and was the deadliest war in U.S. history. Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1965, five days after the Confederate Commander Lee surrendered his forces. The assassin, John Wilkes Boothe, was tracked down and killed.

About Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 - April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln successfully led his country through its greatest constitutional, military and moral crisis the American Civil War preserving the Union while ending slavery, and promoting economic and financial modernization. Reared in a poor family on the western frontier, Lincoln was mostly self-educated, and became a country lawyer, a Whig Party leader, Illinois state legislator during the 1830s, and a one-term member of the United States House of Representatives during the 1840s. After a series of debates in 1858 that gave national visibility to his opposition to the expansion of slavery, Lincoln lost a Senate race to his arch-rival, Stephen A. Douglas. Lincoln, a moderate from a swing state, secured the Republican Party nomination.

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